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Complications of Gonorrhea

Complications list for Gonorrhea:

The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources for Gonorrhea includes:

See also the symptoms of Gonorrhea and Gonorrhea: Introduction.

Complications and sequelae of Gonorrhea from the Diseases Database include:


Source: Diseases Database

See also the symptoms of Gonorrhea and Gonorrhea: Introduction.

Complications of Gonorrhea:

Gonorrhea: DSTD (Excerpt)

Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent problems in both women and men.

In women, gonorrhea is a common cause of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). About 1 million women each year in the United States develop PID. Women with PID do not necessarily have symptoms or signs. When symptoms or signs are present, they can be very severe and can include strong abdominal pain and fever. PID can lead to internal abscesses (pus pockets that are hard to cure), long-lasting pelvic pain, and infertility. PID can cause infertility or damage the fallopian tubes (egg canals) enough to increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube.

In men, gonorrhea can cause epididymitis, a painful condition of the testicles that can sometimes lead to infertility if left untreated. Without prompt treatment, gonorrhea can also affect the prostate and can lead to scarring inside the urethra, making urination difficult.

Gonorrhea can spread to the blood or joints. This condition can be life-threatening. Also, persons with gonorrhea can more easily contract HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Persons with HIV infection and gonorrhea are more likely than persons with HIV infection alone to transmit HIV to someone else. (Source: excerpt from Gonorrhea: DSTD)

Gonorrhea, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

In untreated gonorrhea infections, the bacteria can spread up into the reproductive tract, or more rarely, can spread through the blood stream and infect the joints, heart valves, or the brain.

The most common result of untreated gonorrhea is PID, a serious infection of the female reproductive organs. Gonococcal PID often appears immediately after the menstrual period. PID causes scar tissue to form in the fallopian tubes. If the tube is only partially scarred, the fertilized egg cannot pass into the uterus. If this happens, the embryo may implant in the tube causing a tubal pregnancy. This serious complication results in a miscarriage and can cause death of the mother. Rarely, untreated gonorrhea can spread through the blood to the joints.

If you are infected with gonorrhea, your risk of getting HIV infection increases (HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, causes AIDS). Therefore, it is extremely important for you to either prevent yourself from getting gonorrhea or get treated early if you already are infected with it. (Source: excerpt from Gonorrhea, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

If not adequately treated, 10 to 40 percent of women infected with gonorrhea develop PID. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

The most common and serious complications occur in women and, as with chlamydial infection, these complications include PID, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Gonorrhea: NWHIC (Excerpt)

If gonorrhea is not treated, the bacteria can spread to the bloodstream and infect the joints, heart valves, or the brain. The most common consequence of gonorrhea, however, is PID, a serious infection of the female reproductive organs that occurs in an estimated 1 million American women each year. PID can scar or damage cells lining the fallopian tubes, resulting in infertility in as many as 10 percent of women affected. In others, the damage prevents the proper passage of the fertilized egg into the uterus. If this happens, the egg may implant in the tube; this is called an ectopic or tubal pregnancy and is life-threatening to the mother if not detected early. (Source: excerpt from Gonorrhea: NWHIC)

Gonorrhea as a symptom:

For a more detailed analysis of Gonorrhea as a symptom, including causes, drug side effect causes, and drug interaction causes, please see our Symptom Center information for Gonorrhea.

About complications:

Complications of Gonorrhea are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are caused by Gonorrhea. In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Gonorrhea and complications of Gonorrhea is unclear or arbitrary.

 

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